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Knitalong: Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together [Kindle Edition]

Larissa Brown , Martin John Brown
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Book Description

The immensely popular knitalong—an organized event where people knit together for a common goal—has only grown with the explosion of the Internet. Yesterday’s wartime Red Cross sock drives have evolved into today’s meet-ups at locales as diverse as cafes, state fairs, and major league ballparks, as well as international online gatherings; in fact, at any given time tens of thousands of people worldwide are involved in knitalongs, organized around a particular yarn, a favorite social cause, an intriguing project, a special event, or myriad other themes.

Authors Larissa Brown and Martin John Brown present an inspiring look at centuries of people knitting together, and why knitters find the interaction so meaningful and worthwhile. Along the way, they offer 20 projects especially suited for different types of knitalongs. The Barn Raising Quilt and the Traveling Scarf, for instance, call on individual knitters to collaborate on a single project; while the Pinwheel Blanket and the Meathead Hat encourage a community of knitters to improvise on the same pattern to come up with a variety of results. Also included is essential information about finding, joining, and starting knitalongs.

Hundreds of knitters participated in the knitalongs hosted by the authors as part of their research, and this book will inspire thousands more to get involved in the knitalong movement. The only book that celebrates this tradition of community and purpose, Knitalong is sure to have a powerful impact.

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About the Author

Larissa Brown is a writer and fiber artist whose artwork has been featured in Fiberarts and Knit.1 magazines and exhibited in New York, Seattle, Boston, and her hometown of Portland, Oregon. See her art at and read her blog at www.larissmix.typepad.

Martin John Brown is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in MAKE, Sierra, Air & Space/Smithsonian, and American Spirit. Together Larissa and Martin wrote the business book Demystifying Grant Seeking.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3901 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books (September 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HY8NJY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational! April 2, 2008
After drooling over the beautiful pictures on the web, I couldn't wait to receive Larissa Brown's book in the mail. I enjoyed the historical commentary delineated in the essays--a delightful read that connected my current knitting obsession to many generations of past knitters. The pictures are gorgeous and the pattern directions seem easy to follow. I can't wait to start knitting them up! In addition, after reading the book cover to cover, I feel inspired to start producing my own design-twists on patterns. Thanks for a beautiful book, Larissa!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different! May 3, 2009
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This book offers some very different patterns & design ideas, which I find very refreshing. It offers guidance & information on what "knitalongs" are all about, there are suggestions about how to hold your own knitalongs, including family & friends. Gift giving & charity knitting. Another refreshing concept of this book, is that it takes recycling, refashioning & reknitting into consideration. It holds a great deal of information & is user-friendly. It's about bringing people together.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars knitalong February 23, 2009
By Rachel
This has become one of my favorite knitting books...and i own a few.The pinwheel shawl,the meathead hat,Sei shonogan pillow it is quite a diverse book which i love.There are many different types of patterns they dont all follow "one theme".I know the book discusses knitalongs and that is the theme of the book however the patterns are all so very different unlike some books where there just isn't enough variation between patterns to keep you wanting more.this book does that.My only concern with the book and it may be unfounded,i hope it is.Is that i cant find any errata on the publishers website or anywhere else.Now i knw that is a good thinig,but history has shown me that almost all knitting books have errors in them no matter how carefully they are edited (Sometimes the errors come from over zealous editing)If there are no errors then GREAT,I'll start knitting but i like to check the web b4 hand so i dont find out mid project that the pattern is wrong.So, if anyone knows please let me know.Other than that.This is a great book.Nicely written,intriguing patterns and packaged well.I wouldnt pass this one deserves a spot in the serious knitters library.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book. (You'll love it.) June 10, 2008
Buy this book if you're a long-time knitter. Buy this book if you're a newbie knitter, or someone who thinks,"Hey, maybe I'm interested in this knitting thing." Buy this book if you *know* somebody who loves to knit.

You'll understand. What Larissa and Martin have done is created a book that is also a camera's viewfinder, in which you see other people, like yourself, all over the world, knitting, creating, becoming involved in the art, and involved in each other.

Every time I open it, I see something new and interesting, informative and life-affirming. Hey, the patterns and projects are GREAT, the writing is really, really excellent, and the photography is perfectly beautiful, but this book is special. Larissa and Martin hand-knit this book for you and me. For us. Get this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitalong September 8, 2009
This is a lovely book about the social aspects of knitting. It has chapters on how knitting is good for spending time with others, its usefulness as a tool for remembrance, as a great way to spark creativity, a way to develop and expand your own personal growth, and the blessingway blanket story.

The book also has several lovely patterns to knit. including a baby blanket, a hat and mitten set with a 'buggy' theme, a felted bird's nest, a traveling scarf, and several others.

It lists websites to connect with other knitters and offers advice for knitalongs. Overall, I found this book informative and inspiring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and useful April 15, 2011
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THis book is lovely and useful. It is a beautiful book with photos of individuals, groups knitting, and knitting projects. It is written in a friendly "sitting down and talking" way. The projects are useful. Some patterns are challenging while others are appropriate for beginning knitters. It provides a springboard for ideas of beginning a knitting group be it of two people or twenty. It reminds the readers that while knitting is a wonderful, meditative practice while done alone it can be fun and inspiriing when done in a group.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN PROJECTS April 10, 2008
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I just love this book. The barn raising blanket is worth the book alone. But don't forget the super simple sock pattern, the victorian bonnet, and all the info on Knit alongs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Knitalong March 18, 2009
Although I have yet to knit a project in this book a have enjoyed all the great history and resources in this book. I have been inspired to get my knitting friends together and knit!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interesting facts
Published 8 months ago by katiewoof
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Book was listed as used in good condition. It was a library book. This book was in such sad shape when I received it. Binding was ripped , inside the book was dirty. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Patricia
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, inspiring book
Lovely, inspiring book about knitalongs - groups of people all knitting the same pattern at the same time or just knitting together. Read more
Published 11 months ago by David's Wife
4.0 out of 5 stars Good blanket pattern
I liked a pattern in this book, that is why I purchased it. I am interested in the blanket pattern. I did enjoy reading the other parts of the book.
Published 11 months ago by Christina See
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
I have knitted several things out of this book. The patterns are clear and easy to follow. I loved all the little stories as well.
Published 11 months ago by A. Alderman
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitting Together: what a lovely concept!
This book is truly lovely. Knitalong celebrates the joy of knitting together and sharing one's love for the craft. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Book Club Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Friends Don't Let Friends Knit Alone
From beginning knitting classes to "yarn-bombing" events, knitting has gone public again after a brief hiatus. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kschimmelwriter
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable.
I really enjoyed reading through this book. There is something soothing about the act of knitting in a group, and this book "gets it".
Published on February 1, 2013 by Cindy Messmore
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome knitting book
This book is great for groups that want to do projects for charity and has some good patterns and how to get started.
Published on April 18, 2012 by Juanita D. Houston
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More About the Author

Larissa's first novel, Beautiful Wreck, is a time travel love story set in a bleak future and in 10th century Viking Iceland. The book debuted in February 2014, and Larissa is hard at work on a companion book set in the same world as well as other time-travel-ish and speculative fiction.

An eclectic reader, Larissa's favorite book this year was A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic. She reads speculative fiction, romance, historical fiction and craft books, and has a special love for knitting stitch dictionaries. A two-time craft author, Larissa has published books, articles and designs with a variety of knitting-related publications. She independently publishes her hand knitting designs.

She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband Martin and son Sebastian, adorable loser-of-hand-made-hats.

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